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I'll try to explain myself more with the scores I wasn't a big fan of. I really like a lot of Gears of War 3. It has a lot of faster paced, melodic action cues, and the cues from Gears of War 2 are improved. Its main problem is it's not very memorable, which Jablonsky is usually able to produce. <br><br>Ender's Game I found to be a bit of a slog. There was a lot of ambient/sound design cues which I found incredibly dull. However, it's possible I was expecting too much, or maybe I was too harsh on it. I'll try to have another listen to that one. <br><br>Gangster Squad was one where I just looked at the comments to see what people thought about it, and the consensus was "it copied every recent Hollywood score", so I just skipped that one. <br><br>TF3 had a lot of good thematic material, and the finale's action music was a lot of fun, but it lacks the memorability and excitement of the first 2, or the subtlety of 5, making it fall in the middle for me. Plus the Inception sound was pretty annoying. <br><br>Gears of War 2 falls into mediocre for me. The main theme is solid, but the action is repetitive and doesn't have much variation. Plus it also wasn't very memorable. It's basically a worse version of Gears 3 to me. <br><br>Transformers 1 and 2 don't really count to me because those were more an RCP effort than a Jablonsky one. Just to clarify, I don't hate that Jablonsky went down this route. I first learned of his existence through the Transformers scores for god's sake. It's just that listening to Steamboy, it makes me sad there wasn't more of this side of Jablonsky. Oh, and honorable mention to TMNT: Out of the Shadows, that was a great superhero score!Gangster Squad was Ok, but i prefer Ender's Game, actually the sound design in that i find it certain interesting.<br><br>In Battleship, yeah, it's nothing original, but for me, is a guilty pleasure, i love the percussion (i'm a big fan of the taiko sound)<br><br>Enderís Game isnít bad at all, there are some cool power anthems and orchestral moments in it. As for Battleship, while I find most of it generic, I genuinely do like the alien ďMRIĒ sound design he incorporated.<br><br>And one of Jablonskyís most underrated scores imo is Gangster Squad. If you want a fun Jablonsky score that strays away (mostly) from the Zimmer sound thatís it. Any score using Antz as a temp track is fine by me!I will disagree with TF3, Ender's Game, Gears of War 2 and 3, there are good scores, altough i'm a massive fan of that guilty pleasure is Battleship ;D<br><br>And A Nightmare on Elm Street was cool.John Powell to receive Henry Mancini Award. <br><br>Look it up at filmmusicreporter.<br><br>Congrats John
Edmund's right. It's really just sad that Jablonsky could have been one of the greatest composers ever, one with more notoriety and respect from the music community, but instead settled for being... a decent composer.<br><br>TF5 was a step in the right direction, D-War was a great monster movie score, Your Highness came close to Steamboy levels, and IDEA felt like Jablonsky's symphony in a lot of ways. But on the other end you have Ender's Game, Transformers 3 and 4, Battleship, Gears of War 2, Gears of War: Judgement, and a few others that range from ok, to flat out awful. Occasionally though you get some decent ones like Gears of War 3, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.<br><br>My point is, we get a composer overridden with bland projects, and musically inept directors, when he had the potential for being Oscar level.This just occurred to me. 1:44-2:10ish in Remember Who You Are kind of sounds like part of Mozartís Ave Verum Corpus...and we know Hans is a fan of that piece...@mpolonest: I'm the opposite side: BvS grown each time i listened.<br><br>Not the same for MoS ;D@DS<br><br>You are absolutely right, and it was something that I did think about while I was writing the post, I just never clarified it. <br><br>But that also has the opposite effect as well. I've had plenty of scores/songs which originally I liked that I gradually grew to dislike or simply lose interest. One of the most recent ones is BvS, which I enjoyed when it came out but looking back is probably one of my least favorite Zimmer scores.@Edmund @Ds totally agree! This days the only composer that convince me is Steven Price.
Is there a Balfe score that is not very temped? Every single Balfe score I listened to is basically giving an old score a fresh set of paint.mpolonest123: it's difficult to compare scores that are 10 years old and that you had plenty of time to digest, with brand new scores you've only heard a couple of times.<br><br>You said it yourself, when Clash of the Titans came out you thought it was generic and forgettable. It's only later that you noticed all these themes and all the work Djawadi put into it.<br><br>And actually it works like that with any new album released by any major artist. Fans are always like "it sucks, I prefer their previous albums". And yet 5 years later they love all these songs and know them by heart. :-pEdmund: I see your point, and if everyone could become 100% objective it would be actually true. But in practice, our personal tastes play a heavy role in deciding whether a score is interesting or fun or creative or intelligent or enjoyable. Some people like very classical, orchestral music more than anything else; even if JXL was creating the craziest soundtrack ever, his sound palette and synthetic approach alone would be enough to make these people dislike the score and say it's rubbish. The level of detail he put in Tomb Raider is astonishing, but sadly it'll only be noticed by people who are not upset by this style of brutal and synthetic environment. Of course it also works the other way, dry orchestral scores like Giacchino frequently writes do nothing to me, I don't particularly like this kind of sound, so I never spent a lot of time listening to them. As a consequence, I never was able to dissect them to discover all their (I guess) richness, subtleties, etc. So from my point of view, almost all Giacchino scores sound the same way and are not interesting, and I don't understand how and why he keeps getting all those major assignments. That's to say, our personal preferences will always interfere with our judgment, even if we honestly try to be fair.I feel like I see/have this kind of conversation on film music boards all the time. The approach isn't the problem, it's the execution. For example, when Man of Steel came out:<br><br>me: "I'm a bit disappointed by Man of Steel, it has its moments but I don't think it's a very good score overall"<br>fanboys: "JOHN WILLIAMS WAS YESTERDAY, ZIMMER IS TODAY, THIS IS A DIFFERENT SUPERMAN BLAH BLAH BLAH GET OVER IT"<br>me: "...did I mention Williams?"<br><br>or else Mad Max: Fury Road<br><br>me: "Mad Max is a decent score but I feel like the film deserved much more"<br>fanboys: "THERE'S LITERALLY A DUDE ON A DRUM CAR WITH A FLAMETHROWER GUITAR WHAT DID YOU EXPECT"<br>me: "...a composer who does more interesting things with those drums and that guitar?"<br><br>All over the place. It was really aggravating. This is a similar situation A talented film composer can write interesting, engaging music in all sorts of styles, for all sorts of films and under all sorts of directorial conditions. My issue with Tomb Raider isn't that it's not a traditional Jerry Goldsmith adventure score. I never expected that from this film, and certainly not from this composer. It's just not a very interesting or intelligent or enjoyable version of what it's trying to be, and that's the bottom line.@mrzimmerfan <br><br>I completely agree with you. Tomb Raider definitely didnít need a traditional score at all. And I love all the scores youíve mentioned. I even donít have a problem with the approach he took.<br><br>But I just donít like the score as is. We just have to agree to disagree, no harm done. :-)
I don't think he means that, just that it would have been interesting if Jablonsky had gone more into animated movies like Powell did, rather than mostly Michael Bay. I think maybe we got a hint of what that could have been like with Your Highness a few years ago, a score I'll always defend, but yeah...the lack of follow-up to Steamboy is a great tragedy in Jablonsky's career.@mpolonest: I will enjoyed more Run All Night than Mad Max, hell, even The Dark Tower.<br><br>But with Tomb Raider, this movie is harsh, with a real character, and an adventure score a la Goldsmith or JNH, will not benefit anything about it. And in there, there is a lot of great sounds and ideas pop up in all the score.<br><br>And this is telling you a guy who LOVE The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, the entire Indiana Jones and Jumanji scores.@mpolonest: I will enjoyed more Run All Night than Mad Max, hell, even The Dark Tower.<br><br>But with Tomb Raider, this movie is harsh, with a real character, and an adventure score a la Goldsmith or JNH, will not benefit anything about it. And in there, there is a lot of great sounds and ideas pop up in all the score.<br><br>And this is telling you a guy who LOVE The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, the entire Indiana Jones and Jumanji scores.I don't think Jablonsky is going to be a new John Powell ;)<br><br>But this one of his most notable efforts, i will said that.This is feels like a very temped soundtrack, only that explains why the score is so generic. I wonder which movies music scenes producer-director used to make lorne do this. <br><br>Track 8 - is Tron legacy (dont know maybe he worked on it, powell was involved maybe he was too)

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Hans ZimmerNick Glennie-SmithFiachra TrenchMalcolm Luker
ComposerAdditional MusicConductorMusic Scoring Mixer
The House Of The Spirits
Label: Milan Records
Length: 43'33 rating:        4/5
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  1. The House Of The Spirits (10:02)
  2. Clara (6:31)
  3. Coup (9:34)
  4. Pedro And Blanca (9:50)
  5. Clara's Ghost / La Paloma * / Closing Titles (7:24)
*Written by SebastiŠn Yradier & Michael Jary, performed by Rosita Serrano
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Zimson reply Replies: 7 || 2014-07-10 22:14:35
Lol, the times when Hans needed less than 10 people to do a score. :D This one's a very fine soundtrack, though.

Hybrid Soldier2014-07-10 22:38:41
Why is that an issue ?

Back in the days you might have had one guy (in most cases, Nick) but he was doing the same amount ALL the additionals nowadays combined do, so where's the difference ? :)

Zimson2014-07-10 22:53:39
My comment was actually not meant to be judgemental. It's of course not an issure. I just find it interesting how things evolved over the years and I'm glad they have. ;)

Hybrid Soldier2014-07-10 22:56:04
And I was no replying with any animosity... lol

Zimson2014-07-10 23:22:57
I didn't get it that way but it seems we got us both a little wrong, lol. :D It wasn't a critique on the amount of people working nowadays on his scores. I just wanted to point out how the team grew bigger along with the movies. ;)

e2014-07-11 10:23:59
This has probably been asked hundreds of times but is there anywhere where Hans himself talks about, in detail, the additional music process (not the PR crappy interviews he gives to sycophantic magazines and sites), or could you explain it Hybrid. I think the casting of it as "he writes a theme and then says 'okay guys write my score'" is a lazy analysis. I don't care who did exactly what note, I'm just interested in the process, and how involved Hans is at each step.

Zimson2014-07-11 14:52:08
As far as I know for scores like Dead Man's Chest the process is something like this: Hans writes suites inspired by the film. This often starts before the movie is even shot and he also likes to hear the story from the director rather than reading the script. This can take a few months or so. Hans worked a month on the Jack Sparrow theme for example.
After that, when film material is available Hans and his additional composers work together and score the scenes. They often sit down and discuss, sometimes also including the director and other crew members. So, basically Hans is always involved in the process and thus it's absolutely justified that he gets top credits at the end. He's like the director of the score (and also the screenwriter in some way), someone who looks at the big picture rather than the details.
On other scores like Sherlock Holmes or Inception Hans and Lorne worked more separately, as far as I know. Lorne stated in an interview that he sees in which direction Hans is going and then tries to mimic the style or capture the vibe.
Of course I can give no guarantee that this is correct, but it's how I understood it.

Lambegue2014-07-11 17:50:48
I'd be more curious to know how Zimmer gives his directions for the movies he doesn't even see completly (as it is the case with all the Michael Bay movies he worked on). Not a critic at all, I'm just curious.

About "The House of the Spirits", I agree, it's a very fine score. I especially love the two last minutes or so of "Clara"

Olaviu reply Replies: 0 || 2008-10-24 00:00:00
You are the best composer ever; I just love your music. I purchased several of your soundtracks and stored them on my iPod. Unfortunately, the soundtrack from ďThe house of the spiritsĒ was not available. If I donít ask too much, please advise where from can I purchase the soundtracks that iTunes are missing.
Keep up the fantastic good work. Your music is balsam to the soul.

dssf reply Replies: 0 || 2008-01-20 00:00:00

Anonymous reply Replies: 0 || 2007-11-18 00:00:00
this is one of the best soundtracks ever

Thank You Mr. Zimmer For your beautiful music

You Are The BEST Composer Ever No Doubt

hushanhu reply Replies: 0 || 2006-12-12 00:00:00
i am a fans for Hans ,come from china,i find this soundtrick so long,and imporssible,so a want to download,can i??i love this film very very much!!© 2001-2017 OST 
The House Of The Spirits soundtrack - Hans Zimmer 1993